Big South and Kasbahs Tour

7
nights and
8
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10,598

Per person sharing

The Morocco Kashbah tour begins in the lively city of Marrakesh, home to mosques, palaces and gardens. The tour heads into Morocco’s beautiful southeast region, towards the golden dunes of the Sahara desert; the world's largest hot desert.
See this beautiful country in a  4WD - a great way to view the beautiful and famous Atlas Mountains spanning Morocco with its snow-capped peaks, lush valleys and it's unbelievable landscapes. Spend a night in the Sahara under a Nomadic tent. Trek a mountain range, visit the Kasbahs of Telouet and Ait Benhaddou now a protected Unesco monument. See the gorges of the Atlas Mountains, watch the sunrise over the sand dunes of the Sahara numerous villages along the Draa river and so much more!
A truly unique and unforgettable experience!

At a glance

Sat Welcome to Marrakech. Transfer to your hotel
Sun Marrakech: day at leisure
Mon Historical Marrakech and Djemaa El Fna tour
Tue Travel in 4 x 4 to Ouarzazate
Wed Travel on 1000 Kasbah road to Merzouga
Thu Sunrise walk. Continue to Zagora. Visit the Library.
Fri Return travel to Marrakech via the Tizn Tichka pass
Sat Tour ends with transfer to Marrakech Airport

Highlights

> Weekly departures from Marrakech (Saturday)
> Two meals daily included 
> Full day sightseeing tour of Marrakech
> Explore the southeast of Morocco in 4WD vehicles
> Visit Kasbahs, canyons and travel through splendid sceneries of the pre-Saharan desert
> Option to sleep one night in a Berber Tent

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Itinerary

Day 4

Marrakesh - Kasbah Telouet - Kasbah Ait Benhadou - Ouarzazate (B-D)

  • Departure by 4WD to Ouarzazate via the mountains of the high Atlas passing through the Tich’n’Tichka pass at an altitude of 2260 m via Telouet where the scenery is absolutely stunning.
  • Visit the Kasbah of Telouet; a former residence of the Glaoui family; one of the most influential families of this region.
  • Visit the Kasbah Ait Benhado. This Kasbah is the most famous one in Morocco and has served as setting for many famous movies; the Kasbah is now a UNESCO protected monument.
  • Continue on a short visit of Ouarzazate including the Kasbah of Taourirt.
  • Dinner and accommodation at the hotel.
Day 5

Ouarzazate - Tineghir - Erfoud - Merzouga (B-D)

  • After Breakfast; travel to Boumalne and EL Kelגa via the road of the thousand Kasbahs; passing by Skoura.
  • On the way; we pass the beautiful Kasbah of Amerhidel;
  • Visit the Dades Canyon and onwards to Tinghir. Tinghir is famous for its magnificent Todra canyons whose rocks reach an altitude of 250 meters.
  • Excursion to the canyons and possibility for a short hike. .
  • Travel on track road via Erfoud; to Merzouga.
  • Dinner and accommodation in Merzouga
  • Optional overnight under desert tents (NB: This option must be booked well in advance).
Day 6

Merzouga - Alnif - Zagora (B-D)

  • Early morning go on a short walk and see the sunrise over the sand-dunes of Merzouga;
  • Return for breakfast and leave for Zagora via the village of Rissani; birthplace of the present Alaouites Dynasty.
  • Continue to Alnif; a small Berber village; for (Optional) lunch.
  • Continuation to Zagora via Tazzarine and Taghbalt.
  • On the way; splendid sceneries of pre-saharian desert dotted with Berber villages; Excursion to Tamegroute; visit of the famous library containing an impressive collection of old Manuscripts and documents dating from the 12th century.
  • Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Inclusions

  • Meet and assist on arrival and departure by our local representative 
  • Sightseeing tours and intercity transfers as per itinerary in 4WD
  • Accommodation in selected hotels in a double room sharing
  • Meals: as mentioned 
  • Local English Speaking Guide
  • Entrance fees

Exclusions

  • International flights – Departure & Fuel taxes (Contact us for best airfares)
  • Personal expenses, meals and drinks unless otherwise specified
  • Travel insurance
  • Moroccan visa fee
  • Tips
  • Services not stated in the itinerary

Validity

2019 Travel dates:  
JUL 06 - 13 - 20 - 27
AUG 03 - 10 - 17 - 24 - 31  
SEP 07 - 14 - 21  


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Country information

Best time to go
Spring (April and May) and Fall (September and October) are perhaps the best times to take a Morocco Tour. With a summer climate in the south and in the mountains, as well as on the Mediterranean and Atlantic coasts. Winter can be perfect by day in the south, though desert nights can get very cold. Traveling the Sahara Desert is idyllic during the months of November to February. The south is isolated from the rest of Morocco and is arguably the most hospitable, breath-taking and culturally interesting of any region in the country

Morocco food & drink
Moroccan cuisine is famous throughout the world and is quite unique. Full of subtle spices and tantalising combinations of flavours, Morocco's cuisine is sure to please every palate. During your stay in Morocco you must try the warming tagines, flaky pastillas, spicy hariras and fishy chermoula.
When you’re looking for something to drink, mint tea (known as Berber whiskey) is the national drink and you’ll find it enjoyed everywhere.

Culture and Language
Fridays are a holy day so expect shops and market stalls to close around midday. And during the month of Ramadan (the dates of which change every year) you should refrain from eating, drinking or smoking in public as a mark of respect. The consumption of alcohol is forbidden in Islam, but it can still be purchased in larger stores, especially in touristy areas, and in hotels and restaurants. Arabic and Berber are the official languages. French is often used for business, diplomatic and government issues

Morocco is a visual feast and it can be hard to know where to point your camera first! Landscapes are no problem as they rarely have an issue with their picture being taken. When photographing people though, it’s important to be respectful – imagine how you’d feel if strangers started to take your picture without a by-your-leave! Always ask permission first, and it helps if you get to know your subject a bit better. Moroccans are very friendly, and you should have no trouble getting to know them.

Getting around
Metered “Petit Taxi” are available in all major Moroccan cities. The cheapest and most popular way of getting around to country is to make use of the extensive Coach network. Private operators compete for travelers on the more popular routes. Casablanca has a super modern rapid transit tram system. Moroccan Rail (ONCF) has a network connecting North Morocco only. Centers such as Agadir and Essaouira do not have rail networks

Tipping
There are no hard and fast rules, but it’s generally accepted that a 10% tip is suitable when eating out and for tour guides. Round up your taxi fare to the nearest five dirhams, but don’t feel obliged to tip if you aren’t happy with the service.

Favorite Dishes
B’stilla: a flaky pastry pie is stuffed with steaming tender pigeon meat, almonds and eggs and spiced with aromatic saffron, cinnamon and fresh coriander
Harira: a hearty bowl of soup, prepared with lamb broth, tomatoes, red lentils, chickpeas, topped with a squeeze of zesty lemon juice and a handful of chopped coriander
Tagine: slow-cooked stews always served with bread to mop up those smoky, hearty juices. Chicken slow-cooked with green olives and preserved lemons is perhaps the classic base, but lamb with plums and allspice is certainly a local favourite.
Ktefa: a traditional Moroccan dessert made with warqa pastry. It’s layered with delicious, sweetened fried almonds and covered with a custard sauce

The Atlas Mountains

Travel over the High Atlas mountains and through traditional Berber villages to Zagora and Merzouga. Furthermore, visit the incredible canyon of Todghra Gorge, recognized around the world as one of the most spectacular canyons. Moreover explore some of the ancient Kasbahs, a type of fortress where the local leaders lived and dotted around this region. Visit the Canyon of Dades, Zagora known for international events such as the Zagora Marathon and the Nomads festival before returning to Marrakesh, home to mosques, palaces and gardens, maze-like alleys and thriving souks.